Thursday, February 2, 2012

Local Radio Stations Celebrate Arizona Centennial


Local radio stations KBAQ 89.5 FM and KJZZ 91.5 FM are both airing special programing throughout February to celebrate Arizona’s 100th birthday. 

KBAQ’s Hearing the Century: Voices of Arizona’s Arts Past and Present is a collection of stories from the last hundred years of the state’s arts and cultural history, while KJZZ’s Centennial Minutes features 90-second clips with historical tales about people and places around Arizona.

Contributors to Hearing the Century include award-winning cowboy poet Mike Dunn, painter and founder of Superstition Land Trust Anne Coe and award-winning filmmaker Dustinn Craig.

“The synergy between the station and our arts community at large has cultivated a series that I think will deepen and enrich our understanding of the state we call home,” said Jane Hilton, KBAQ producer.

Hilton has been working with Elizabeth Warren, South Mountain Community College Storytelling Institute co-founder to create the series of three-minute features intended to transport listeners into Arizona’s past.

“It's been such an incredible privilege to hear the stories of the artists and scholars being featured. They've deepened my understanding of how interconnected the arts are with the history of the state,” Warren said.

The 20 stories KBAQ will present a focus on the unique styles and contributions of Arizona artists specializing in music, theater, painting and other art forms-- from north, central and southern parts of the state. They will air weekdays during the month of February at 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. on KBAQ 89.5 FM.

“Hearing the Century is our gift to the great state of Arizona in celebration of its centennial and a reflection of what we do best in public radio - discovering and sharing untold stories,” said Jim Paluzzi, KBAQ’s general manager. “We are grateful to Arizona’s government agencies, businesses, philanthropic organizations and citizens for making this tribute to Arizona’s past-- and all we do possible.”

KJZZ’s Centennial Minutes include five segments written and narrated by Fred Duval and Lisa Schnelbly Heidinger, co-authors of Calling Arizona Home.

The series will transport listeners to the early exploration days of the Grand Canyon, the world of Rough Rider Buckey O’Neill, and the legendary adventures of famous Arizona ranchers and outlaws.

Segments are scheduled to air on Tuesdays at 6:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. during Morning Edition. They will also be available online after their initial broadcast.

KJZZ is also inviting listeners to share their memorable Arizona moments with Fronteras: the Changing America Desk. Participants can submit memories of iconic people, places and events by visiting the Fronteras website.

Reporters will present their findings and may call on participants to share stories on air with KJZZ listeners.

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About KBAQ 89.5 and KJZZ 91.5

KBAQ 89.5 FM and KJZZ 91.5 FM are a both supported by the Rio Salado College Division of Public Service and the Maricopa Community College District.

KBAQ broadcasts round-the-clock classical music and arts information. KJZZ, and by extension its Sun Sounds Radio Reading Service, provides 24 daily hours of news, information and acoustic jazz.

About Rio Salado College

Rio Salado College is one of ten Maricopa Community Colleges and was recognized as the fastest growing public two-year college in the nation by Community College Times. Founded in 1978, Rio Salado serves the largest online enrollments nationwide with more than 600 online courses and 60 degree or certificate programs. It is also Arizona's largest provider of adult basic education.

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